By Mara Certic
After last month’s meeting was postponed and then ultimately cancelled, the February meeting of Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday night covered a variety of topics, from Southampton Town’s deer policy to cellphone towers and names for the proposed Bridgehampton Gateway Project.
“This is a catch-all kind of meeting, different people will be presenting different things,” said CAC co-chair Nancy Walter-Yvertes on Monday, February 23.
Members of the group were updated about a proposed 120-foot cell phone monopole on Foster Avenue, which was approved by the town Planning Board much to the chagrin of many of those assembled.
The monopole is going to improve cellphone reception but Ms. Walter-Yvertes fears it will be “totally visible from most of our backyards” and “industrial looking.”
“That’s just one loss,” she said.
After a brief discussion with the executive editor of the Press Newsgroup, Joe Show, about how CACs and the press could better coordinate, the talk turned to deer.
Marty Shea, chief environmental analyst for the town, and Kyle Collins, town planning and development administrator, gave Bridgehampton residents a presentation on the town’s Deer Protection and Management Plan, which was unveiled in November 2014.
“There is no silver bullet,” Mr. Collins said, as he introduced the plan, which has been described as a holistic approach to the problem and includes both lethal and alternative methods of stabilizing the deer population.
“Deer in many respects represent the elegance and wild places in this town,” Mr. Shea said. “At the same time, they do present a host of issues,” he said.
One of the first steps in the plan is the creation of a Town Deer Protection and Management Advisory Committee, which should be done by late Spring, Mr. Collins said.
Local farmers Jim and Jennifer Pike scoffed when Mr. Shea said that there wasn’t actually a deer population crisis in the town.
“I imagine there are other people in the town but we are the ones bearing the brunt of the overpopulation issue, drastically,” Ms. Pike said on Monday.
Although the Pikes have nuisance permits and as farmers they are allowed to hunt deer out of season on their property, they said they still struggle with the large numbers of deer.
“We’re not hunters, it’s not easy, it’s not fun and we don’t enjoy it,” she said. “We’re not gung-ho, we just want to sell some vegetables.”
Members of the CAC were also updated on discussions that have gone on among committee members for the proposed Bridgehampton Gateway Project. Residents and planners are looking for a way to make the development community oriented while still economically successful.
Among the potential names for the development were Bridgehaven, The Fields, The Grange and Beech Meadow.